The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

News and Announcements

28th September 2014


Feast of Bl. John Henry Newman: the feast of our Parish Patron falls on Thursday, 9th October. We shall celebrate the external Solemnity of the feast on Sunday, 12th October, with Solemn Mass at the usual time of 10.30 am. At 12.15 pm in the school library, there will be a lecture on Newman and the Sacred Liturgy (see details below), followed by a Parish BBQ lunch. Official Poster here!.

The inaugural Bl. John Henry Newman Lecture – 12.15 pm Sunday, 12th October, 2014, St Aloysius’ School library, Caulfield North: ”John Henry Newman’s Anglican Reflections on the liturgy: lessons for the Catholic Church today”, by Dr Stephen McInerney. Dr McInerney is Senior Lecturer in Literature at Campion College. He holds degrees from the Australian National University and the University of Sydney, and in 2012 completed an Advanced Diploma in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge, where he was awarded the Theological Studies Prize and the Lightfoot Prize.

Christus Rex Pilgrimage: 24th – 26th October, 2014. For more information, or to register, visit the website:

Michaelmas: in addition to the usual 7 am and 10 am Masses, there will be a Sung Mass tomorrow evening (29th September) at 7.00 pm in honour of St Michael. Mass will be offered for St Michael’s protection of the Church, especially during the forthcoming Synod. In addition, a votive Mass for the unity of the Church will be offered at the Cathedral on Wednesday 1st October at the usual time of 5.30 pm.

October is the month of the Rosary (the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary falls on Tuesday, 7th October). Let us especially pray the Rosary during the coming month for the protection of the Church and for all her needs. We might add the “October prayer” to St Joseph. As part of a world wide initiative, “the public square Rosary Rally”, the Rosary will be recited at Our Lady’s grotto following 10 am Mass on Saturday 11th October. Please come and invite others!

March for the Babies – Saturday 11th October, 1 pm at Treasury Gardens:

Christus Rex Pilgrimage: 24th – 26th October, 2014. For more information, or to register, visit the website:

First Holy Communion – Sunday, 14th December: parents who wish to present their children for First Holy Communion on Gaudete Sunday (14th December), preceded by First Confession, are asked to contact the Secretary (preferably by email) as soon as possible.

Scouts of Europe: expressions of interest are sought in the foundation of a branch of the Scouts of Europe, a scouting movement operating in full conformity with traditional Catholic principles. Initially, interest is sought from boys 12 years old and above, through to young men in their early twenties. We hope to provide a similar programme for girls and young women in due course, as well. Proof of Parental permission must of course accompany any application from those under 18 years of age. The following link to the Federation of North American Explorers, an association inspired by the French Scouts of Europe, and now part of the International Union of the Guides and Scouts of Europe, gives a good idea of what we hope to achieve: Those interested are invited to contact Fr Tattersall.

Sunday Family picnics in Caulfield Park: now that Spring has arrived, some families have started to gather in Caulfield Park (opposite the Church) after Sunday Solemn Mass, to enjoy each other’s company and to share a simple (BYO) picnic lunch. Everyone is welcome! For more details, please contact

Mass stipends: calling to mind the infinite power of the Mass as a true and proper Sacrifice that may be offered for the living and the dead, it has been the immemorial practice of the Catholic people to seek to have Masses offered for their particular intentions. Customarily, an offering or ‘stipend’ is given with a Mass request. In Melbourne, Archdiocesan legislation lays down a minimum stipend of $10 ($20 for November Masses). Mass intention envelopes are available in the vestibule. These may be completed and placed with one’s offering into any Sunday Mass collection, or given directly to one of the priests. Mass requests are a good reflection of our practical belief in the efficacy of the Holy Sacrifice.

Sunday Adult Catechesis: we meet again next Sunday (5th October), from 12.15-1.00 pm. In view of the forthcoming Synod on the Family, we will interrupt our study of the Compendium, and focus on the important text of His Eminence, Cardinal Burke, “Natural Law and Conscience: Key to Freedom and to the Integrity of Marriage and the Family”. This text is available on our website. Hard copies will also be provided for those who require them.


This is the continuation of Pope Saint Pius X’s first encyclical letter, 'E Supremi’, on the Restoration of all things in Christ in commemoration of the Centenary of his death.

7. All this, Venerable Brethren, We believe and expect with unshakable faith. But this does not prevent us also, according to the measure given to each, from exerting ourselves to hasten the work of God - and not merely by praying assiduously: "Arise, O Lord, let not man be strengthened" (Ib. ix., 19), but, more important still, by affirming both by word and deed and in the light of day, God's supreme dominion over man and all things, so that His right to command and His authority may be fully realized and respected. This is imposed upon us not only as a natural duty, but by our common interest. For, Venerable Brethren, who can avoid being appalled and afflicted when he beholds, in the midst of a progress in civilization which is justly extolled, the greater part of mankind fighting among themselves so savagely as to make it seem as though strife were universal? The desire for peace is certainly harbored in every breast, and there is no one who does not ardently invoke it. But to want peace without God is an absurdity, seeing that where God is absent thence too justice flies, and when justice is taken away it is vain to cherish the hope of peace. "Peace is the work of justice" (Is. xxii., 17). There are many, We are well aware, who, in their yearning for peace, that is for the tranquillity of order, band themselves into societies and parties, which they style parties of order. Hope and labor lost. For there is but one party of order capable of restoring peace in the midst of all this turmoil, and that is the party of God. It is this party, therefore, that we must advance, and to it attract as many as possible, if we are really urged by the love of peace.

8. But, Venerable Brethren, we shall never, however much we exert ourselves, succeed in calling men back to the majesty and empire of God, except by means of Jesus Christ. "No one," the Apostle admonishes us, "can lay other foundation than that which has been laid, which is Jesus Christ." (I. Cor.,iii., II.) It is Christ alone "whom the Father sanctified and sent into this world" (Is. x., 36), "the splendor of the Father and the image of His substance" (Hebr.i., 3), true God and true man: without whom nobody can know God with the knowledge for salvation, "neither doth anyone know the Father but the Son, and he to whom it shall please the Son to reveal Him." (Matth. xi., 27.) Hence it follows that to restore all things in Christ and to lead men back to submission to God is one and the same aim. To this, then, it behoves Us to devote Our care - to lead back mankind under the dominion of Christ; this done, We shall have brought it back to God. When We say to God We do not mean to that inert being heedless of all things human which the dream of materialists has imagined, but to the true and living God, one in nature, triple in person, Creator of the world, most wise Ordainer of all things, Lawgiver most just, who punishes the wicked and has reward in store for virtue.

    • Sundays in Spring

    Sunday Family Picnics in Caulfield Park

    Everyone is welcome!

    • Sunday, October 12

    Feast of Bl. John Henry Newman

    Solemn Mass, followed by a Parish BBQ as well as Newman Lecture.

    Official Poster here!.

    • October 24-26

    2014 Christus Rex Pilgrimage

    Put it in your diary now! Registrations now open!

  • Newman Fellowship for Young Adults

    Our next meeting will welcome back our own Shawn Murphy, former Newman Fellowship organizer, and now novice at the Toronto Oratory.

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  • Catechesis Classes

    Fortnightly Catechesis based on the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

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  • Bible Study Classes

    No previous knowledge is required, and everyone is welcome.

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  • Catholic Women's League Newman Parish Group

    Join the regular CWL meetings at Maryvale after Solemn Mass.

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  • Support Shawn Murphy and the Oratory

    Find out how to help Shawn, currently a Novice at the Toronto Oratory, in his formation for the Brisbane Oratory

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  • Psallamus - Our Mixed Choir

    Psallamus is our regular choir - further information and recordings are available here.

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  • The Newman Singers - Our new choir

    Find out how to join the Newman Singers, our new mixed choir. Young men and women welcome.

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  • The Wolff Organ

    The organ is of very high historical and musical significance as one of only two two-manual organs built by J.W. Wolff to survive intact

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Bishop Meeking Holy Week Homilies

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Homily on our 10th Anniversary

Bishop Elliott celebrated Mass at St Aloysius' on 3rd February, 2013 to mark our 10th anniversary.